Thursday, 5 April 2012

~The Queen in York~

Thanks to Grace, Sally, katie, Anne carly and jan for your lovely Welcome Back comments! I have really missed writing my blog and reading others.
Today we took the train into York (10 minutes from a nearby village) to see the Queen; who was attending York Minster as it's Maundy Thursday. Compared to yesterday's freezing temperature, rain and strong winds, Spring thankfully had returned today and York welcomed the Queen in all it's sunny Yorkshire glory! (I'm still a bit giddy I have to say).
We walked up to the Minster about 12.30pm, just as the service was ending, and took a place amongst the crowds near the Dean Court Hotel...

The sun was so warm it was a pleasure to be outside.  The Queen, Prince Philip and Princess Beatrice passed by on their way to lunch at The Mansion House...
We had a clear view, though the photos aren't great.
Me, L and J bumped into friend J, her son H and his friend F.
Then we walked to the Museum gardens buying a sandwich en route - in the sandwich shop a freelance journalist was editing his pictures and tape whilst scoffing a panini, so we had a little look at all his fantastic footage whilst we were queueing. The Queen was due to visit the Yorkshire Museum York 1212 exhibition at 2.30pm and we got a good sunny spot amongst a friendly crowd. 

Front of the Yorkshire Museum
Archbishop of York John Sentamu, and a glimpse of the Queen in a turquoise hat (left)

Then we had a lovely view of the Queen!

A once in a lifetime experience for us to see the
 Queen in Diamond Jubilee Year. 


  1. How lovely Sally! I remember seeing the Queen in the 80's in Wakefield.It was great and I remember going with my mum and my eldest son (who was quite a small toddler then). We were so excited.Glad you had a lovely day X

  2. Oh I am so excited for you and had we still lived in York, I'd have been there too! The last photo is great and you must have been soooooo close.

  3. What a lovely treat. I would never really have described myself as a royalist but... I have been lucky enough to have met Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew at different times. Each time I was just a face in a crowd but on all three occasions I got to shake a hand and have a little chat. On all three occasions I was overwhelmed by the charisma, charm and warmth of our royal family. It made me proud to be British and as you say "a bit giddy".

    I am glad you enjoyed your day.

  4. Hey Sally, looks like you've had a really nice day and you certainly got in a good position for the photos.
    Have a lovely Easter x

  5. What a lovely day. Strangely enough I missed out on seeing the Queen when my Dad was awarded his B.E.M. I don't know why we didn't go the the palace but it was presented to him in York by some Army bigwigs who were very nice. To be honest I doubt if my parents could have afforded to transport the 6 of us to London to receive it at the Palace! It's lovely to see you back posting. I'm catching up myself as I haven't read much due to being laid low by tonsillitis.

  6. Sounds like you had a lovely day!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  7. Seems like you had a fabulous time. I was in York for the day on Monday meeting up with a lovely bloggy friend didn't realize the Queen would be there or we would have come on Thursday, Lucey x

  8. My brother saw the queen in York too! Happy Easter xx

  9. What a wonderful experience! It looks as though you had a super day in York.
    Happy Easter!
    P.S Isn't the Queen's hat a gorgeous colour?!?

  10. Oh how exciting for you!!!!
    That last picture is one to treasure!
    Looks like you all had a memorable day,seeing the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee Year - and the weather was good too - always a bonus!

    Thank you for sharing!
    Gill xx

  11. If I hadn't had the nasty virus I would have gone to see HM The Queen. She is just wonderful.
    Prior to retirement Royal visits were part of my job and I was lucky enough to be involved in the organisation of two visits by HM, once for lunch and once for tea.
    Carol xx


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